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Booth needs to ‘make the same sort of effort everyone else is making,’ says Canucks GM

Nov 21, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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It’s easy to identify David Booth‘s struggles this year.

The tough part, according to his GM, is how to fix them.

On Thursday, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said there are “no easy answers” regarding the Booth situation after Booth, who’s making $4.25 million this year and the next, was a healthy scratch for the second time this season in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Florida.

“We need him to play harder and play with more tenacity on the puck,” Gillis told Vancouver’s TEAM 1040. “We can’t afford to have him try to learn that while we’re playing game we need to win.

“He’ll be back in the lineup when he’s prepared to play the way the coaches want him to play and make the same sort of effort everyone else is making.”

Booth, 28, has been slowed by a series of injuries over the last two seasons and recently admitted he’s missing the physical attributes that made him a 30-goal scorer while with the Panthers.

“My explosiveness isn’t where it was in the past,” Booth told the Vancouver Sun. “That extra step, that’s really the strength in my game. Without a doubt I can get it back. I’ve had other leg injuries and it comes back with time.

“It’s just been a little bit longer this time than in the past.”

Gillis isn’t so sure the solution is that simple. The Canucks have tried a number of motivational techniques already — the healthy scratches, sending Booth to AHL Utica — with zero results.

“[Booth’s] had a lot of meetings with the coaches, a lot of philosophical meetings,” Gillis explained. “There isn’t an easy answer to this situation.”

  1. kingcobraman - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    pack up your s**t and f#@$$%^^& Booth your the disappointment of the year….

  2. imleftcoast - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I didn’t even hear this in the interview. There was a lot of discussion of helmet night in Winnipeg, and the ‘not-Dave-Pratt guy who Rock 101’ suggested paper helmets without so much as a hat tip to PHT commenters. Disappointing.

  3. crazemastercraze - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The only thing Booth good at is killing defenseless animals who haven’t perfected projectile weapon technology yet

  4. steelers88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Wow you would think he would playing his hardest. After being on a terrible team in the Florida Panthers you would think going to a winning team would reinvigorate him.

  5. canucks30 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Fire Gillis

  6. Meta - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    He was never that great, “extra step” or not.

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